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31: Consecutive shutout innings -- including the end of the preseason -- by Pirates pitchers until the Cubs pushed across a run -- as a result of an overturned call -- in the eighth inning in the Wednesday-night portion of the 16-inning marathon.

"He had a pinch-hit at-bat in extra innings last year where he didn't [take] a swing. We had a little talk and he said that would never happen again." -- Hurdle on Sanchez, who drove in the winning run in the 16th inning with a pinch-hit single on his first swing of the season.

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